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Yiddish Book Center (Lily)Alyson West 11July2011 Yiddish Book Center

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Alyson West was interviewed by Hillary Ossip on July 11, 2011 at the Yiddish Book Center.
Alyson West, a 2011 Steiner Summer Student, described growing up in Roanoke, Virginia. She noted that she hadn√Ęt met any Jewish people until she began studying at the University of Virginia, where she majored in English. In her final year of college, Alyson decided to take both Hebrew and Yiddish to acquire more credits in order to graduate. In her classes, she was one of only a few non-Jewish students, which she expands upon in the interview. While studying Yiddish, Alyson learned about the Steiner Summer Program at the Yiddish Book Center. A member of the advanced Yiddish class, Alyson is also conducting a research project for the program. She describes the evolution of her research topic from her original proposal to its state at the time of the interview. Alyson also talks about the dynamics of the summer program, the enthusiasm of her peers, and her hopes for the future of Yiddish.

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To cite this interview: Alyson West Oral History Interview, interviewed by Hillary Ossip, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Karmazin Recording Studio, Yiddish Book Center, July 11, 2011. Video recording, ( [date accessed] )

This movie is part of the collection: Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project

Producer: Yiddish Book Center (Lily)
Audio/Visual: sound, color
Keywords: Yiddish Book Center; National Yiddish Book Center; Wexler Oral History Project; nybc; ybc; Yiddish; Jewish culture; Advice; Favorite Yiddish word; Yiddish words; Childhood; Yiddish language; Yiddish learning; Other languages; Literature; Scholarship; Academia; Education; United States; Yiddish Book Center; Rural; Alyson West; Roanoke; Virginia; University of Virginia; 1990s; 2000s;

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